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if your neighbor owns a gun? a new york paper thinks so, they published a map of people with gun permits and we'll talk to someone who is on that list in just a minute. >>> a snag for thousands of holiday travelers, the killer winter storm arrives in the northeast, we're already seeing long delays, hundreds of flights canceled, and highway traffic snarled. $1.1 billion toyota agrees to settle a class action lawsuit over unintended acceleration and also installed new safety features and a shark tank in a shopping mall explodes, sending sharks flying everywhere and shoppers running for their lives. newsroom starts now. >>> good morning, i'm carol costello. jobless claims fall to a four-year low. alison kosik joins us from the new york stock exchange to tell us more. >> this winds up being a big improvement for jobless claims number falling 12,000 last week to 350,000, and what that means is that the level now is close to the lowest level since the early part of the recession, so it really shows these layoffs are slowing. something interesting has been happening in the past several weeks. t
he made racial comments about jeremy lin, the new york knicks and now houston rockets basketball player who is asian-american. when he he starts to talk about you in these terms, you know, this is in line with ma marginalizing what you had to say which was a totally legitimate comment about the white establishment going into lower numbers because of the rise in terms of blacks and hispanics. now he wants to make you out to be master of some big house. how ridiculous. let me tell you something. if he's asked to be on your show, the most popular show on cable tv, he should have regarded it as an honor and opportunity to have platform to speak out as a free black man. he's somehow twisted this in an attempt to make it racial, to make you into a bad guy, and that is an attack on honest debate in this country. i have written a book about it. they're trying to put a muzzlele on you, bill. they want muzzles on me when i say i'm in favor of school reform. this is madness. >> how do you see it? >> it's hateful and nasty and often the people who claim to be as open minded and tolerant amon
. jon schriffen, abc news, new york. >> should be fascinating what answer they come up with. obviously, it's best known for those fiery images. but in its heyday, that was the fastest and most comfortable way to get across the atlantic. so it was a milestone at the time. of course, we remember how it ended, just like the "titanic." we remember the tragedy, not the accomplishment. >> that was the first trip from europe to north america of the 1937 and they didn't have a full airship, only 36 passengers. at that time in 1937, $400 per ticket, one way, $720 round trip. think of what that would cost in today's parameters. >> no kidding. we'll get answers perhaps on sunday. >>> well before jon stewart and steven colbert, political satire was in the pages of "mad" magazine. >> and now "mad" is celebrating 60 years of poking fun. it's coming up on "world news now." >> announcer: "world ♪ ♪ mad world mad world >>> nice song choice, guys. "mad" magazine is celebrating 60 years of making fun of the american landscape with a brand new book. >> it's called "totally mad -- 60 years of humor, sa
to 60 miles per hour. it won't be that bad. but boston, new york, d.c., check ahead. san francisco could have rain issues. fog in l.a. and a lot of people are hitting the roads, too. you need to know what the road conditions are like. fortunately, most of the nation looking pretty good. but slippery stuff in the lee of the lakes there, eastern great lakes. upstate new york. problems in new england, too. and back into the cascades and parts of the rockies. watch out for that. coming up in your nation's weather, i'm going to talk about the deep freeze that's going on in florida. that's right. it's cold in a lot of places. >> low temperatures in florida. get back here safe, ginger. it's been a hectic week for you. >>> we turn, now, to the fiscal cliff getting closer. just ten days until everybody's taxes go up and spending cuts kick in. and washington's a ghost town with no deal in sight. talks halted until after christmas, leaving just a few days to bang out some kind of plan before the deadline. abc's david kerley has the latest from the white house. david, before leaving us on the holida
"new york times" today. 1 out of 23 afghan brigades are combat efficient today. they need help. yesterday afternoon, 5:00 yesterday afternoon. >> you can smell it coming, mike. >> we will be stuck there after 2014, we've been saying it for years. >> a plane landed in new york. lance corporal 26 years old, his body will be buried today. yesterday, 28 years old, seal team 6 monroe, pennsylvania, killed over the weekend. 1 out of 23 afghan brigades, front page, "new york times." we got to get out of there. >> the thing is -- we've been saying it since 2009, they've been talking about tripling the number of troops, it doesn't work in afghanistan. we went from an anti-terror campaign to anti-insurgency campaign. it might have worked for a while in iraq, not in afghanistan. the times reports more violence in afghanistan today, mika, than there was before this surge, where we tripled the number of troops and sent more americans over to die or be wounded or kept away from their families. >> yet another reason there's no point. that's the sad way to pull back but at some point, we have
, new york. >> talk about the miracle of modern medicine. i can't think of no better example than that. it goes beyond blood cancers and used for prostate cancer and breast cancer, as well. >> and they're pledging $20 million for further research at the university -- penn university to bring the treatment to the market. but unbelievable. if you think of something as negative as hiv and they're using hiv to -- it's unbelievable that they would use that to -- >> you look at that little girl, $20 million, well spent. amazing. >>> still ahead, fans of the late singer jenni rivera are in mourning as her family shares their emotions for the first time with the media. >>> up next, we'll go to miami beach where rivera's death hit especially hard. you're watching "world news now." >>> latin >>> latin superstar jenni rivera had millions of fans, and they're all now mourning the loss after she died in a plane crash on sunday. but her family, they are suffering the most. >> later today, they'll set out to mexico where her plane went down, but they are holding on to the slimmest of hopes that they'
in the air. atlanta will have delays. as the system moves east on the weekend, even new york and boston will have delays from this storm. and then we'll talk about the west when we get back with the rest of the weather. it is a messy next couple of days. >> real sloppy. sam, thanks very much. >>> we'll get the latest on that fiscal cliff. down to 12 days before everyone's taxes go up and every government program is cut. and that is a little more likely this morning, with private talks frozen and both sides blaming each other for the breakdown. abc's jonathan karl has all this from washington. all of the focus on speaker john boehner's fallback plan, what he is calling plan "b." >> reporter: that's right, george. talks have got son low, i would say this is the low point, that boehner is moving ahead with the backup plan that the president so opposes, he says he will veto. under plan "b" most of the tax cuts will be extended for those making over $1 million. for those over $1 million, the tax rates would go up. this could do nothing to address the issues. like spending cuts and the debt c
breaking news. secretary of state hillary clinton in a new york hospital this morning, being treated for a blood clot. her spokesman says it stems from her recent concussion. we'll have a live report from the hospital. >>> last chance. the nation now just hours from going over the fiscal cliff after lawmakers fail to reach a deal over the weekend. could a last-minute push from vice president joe biden get something done before your taxes go up? >>> and oh, baby. kanye wecakanye west surprises y announcing his girlfriend, kim kardashian, is pregnant with their first child. how her family is reacting to the news "today," monday, december 31st, 2012. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> welcome to "today" on a very busy monday morning. i'm willie geist. >> and i'm erica hill. matt and savannah have the morning off. >>> we'll have the latest on secretary of state clinton's condition in a live report straight ahead. it is the last day of 2012. >> you and i are both in the same situation with
. >>> a federal judge in new york says a suit by roman catholics against the new health care law can go forward. the archdiocese of new york and two other groups are suing over the requirement that they must provide insurance coverage for birth control. the government had asked for that suit to be thrown out. the requirement does not take effect until just over a year from now. so the bottom line is, look, the health care law will come into effect. the government says, look, we're going to make some exemptions for religious folks don't want to provide birth control because of their religious reason. they're saying look, this lawsuit is premature we are not yet done defining exemptions give us time. but the -- you know, some of the church groups are saying, wait a minute, no. we don't trust that word. want to take action now. in new york, the biggest archdiocese says this will cost $200 million a year if it goes through. so, again, what the exemptions are not yet clear. but the chump groups just don't want to waste or don't trust the government. that's what all the legal haggling, and dozens of
to say the scariest thing to me with respect to newtown was when i g-chatted my fellow editor in new york to plot out coverage, and we knew exactly what to do because we had done it three times before. it had gotten so routine and so disturbing to us and i'm worried i'll be writing the same story. >> we can't desensitize ourselves to this, though. >> listen, we're not going to. i've heard about '68 as far as what califano said and how quickly we have to move. this is different. the horrors of martin luther king, the horrors of bobby kennedy, the horrors of all the gun violence through the years, a million americans killed. mark halperin, as horrific as all of those murders have been, nothing has jarred americans like what happened last friday. it just hasn't. americans aren't going to forget this. >> they're not. >> they're not going to forget this, and they're expecting action. you worry, again, if republicans and democrats can't come to an agreement on rounding decisions for ten years, how are they going to address the bigger issues? >> well, we don't really know how the fiscal cliff's
sick texan living in new york. so he's very excited. and also, rumors that jennifer aniston is pregnant. she declined booze and sushi over the weekend, things you're supposed to stay away from while pregnant. >> it will be a beautiful kid if it's true. >>> also, the j.r. ewing tv character, larry hagman passed away over thanksgiving weekend. tnt was already in plans to bring back the show "dallas." apparently now they're going to have a funeral for the character on the show. a fitting sends-off. >> and finally, the annual list of the 99 most desirable list of women. jennifer lawrence jumping 46 spots. voters said she's more authentic. as for the top five, rihanna, emma stone. your girl, kim k., dropping to 98, nearly out of the running. >> i demand a recount. >> you got that right. got that right. t right. [ scratching ] you're not using too much are you, hon? ♪ nope. [ female announcer ] charmin ultra soft is so soft you'll have to remind your family they can use less. charmin ultra soft is made with extra cushions that are soft and more absorbent. plus you can use four times less ve
early this morning. that bralanedwars acquired by the new york jets had a ham string. >> steve: joel is america's biggest jet's fan. >> gretchen: that is insider information. >> brian: he had a bounce in the step. >> gretchen: luckily i know who that is. should we kick off the show with headlines. we now know the identity of the shooter in the mall . he had no history of trouble but his ex-girlfriend said he quit his job in the derks li and sold all of his belongings and bought a ticket to hawaii. >> she wishes to express shock and grief the events in the shopping she has no explanation or understanding of her son's behavior. >> ros killed a 54 year old nurse and 45 year old father of two, steven forsyth. a 15 year old was seriously injured . robertson took his own life. late last night john fee -- macfee arrived in the united states. >> this morning i was in jail and today here i am. i am not worried at all. if i am in front of a court they will not send me back. they have no evidence . >> gretchen: macfee is wanted in the country of bealize for the murder of his neighbor. we'll hea
. and in new york, workers install almost 300 waterford crystals on the new year's eve ball in times square. in germany, an animal keeper holds a tomato frog in her hand. each year the zoo in hamburg takes an inventory of all the animals. "cnn newsroom" continues right now with don lemon. hi, don. >>> hi, suzanne. thank you very much. i'm don lemon. brooke is off today. the eyes of the world are focusing now on the white house. within the next hour, congressional leaders will begin to arrive for what is likely to be a very tense meeting with the president. this is perhaps the final effort to avert the tax increase that is expected to cost the average family several thousand dollars a year. four days remain to reach an agreement, get it passed by the house and the senate and signed into law by the president. we're talking a long shot here. now, want to show you the players. president, there in the middle, democrats nancy pelosi and harry reid. republicans mitch mcconnell and john boehner. those four members of congress are expected to make the drive from the capital, which you see on the rig
night in new york for those who are still sober. the 12-12-12 to help the victims of hurricane sandy particularly in new york and new jersey. i guess the biggest attraction was paul mccartney appearing with nirvana. >> nirvana reunited. obviously they can't have all of the members since kurt cobain is no longer with us. paul mccartney stepped in to be kurt cobain. >> bill: here's what it sounded like. ♪ ♪ >> bill: all right. >> i am very disappointed that they did not do a nirvana song. >> they didn't do one of the classics. >> they did a brand new song. >> it's called "cut me some slack," brand new song. >> bill: would have been nice to do one of the classic mccartney songs. >> he's recording that with dave grohl but i think that gawker said that this is the second worst thing to happen to nirvana fans. paul mccartney. >> i'm a big nirvana fan and i would love to see paul mccartney team up with them. dave grohl might be the best drummer working and he doesn't even drum in his band, the foo fighters now
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are in new york, come and see me. >> basically are you just going l and going to hang out, right? nothing is planned? >> i mean, we have some fun stuff planned. >> the apple store doesn't know about it though? >> they do. >> no, they don't. >> diane, bill, jaime, tom. that does it for me. . >> bill: "the o'reilly factor" is on. tonight violence breaks out in michigan over the state giving workers the option not to join unions. we'll show you how the networks covered this intense story. >> are you going to be able to raise taxes, yes or no? >> taxes are going to go up one with acor the other. >> bill: miss walters will be here and dennis miller will have some thoughts on the situation. >> we're young -- >> bill: anger growing over new tv program that mocks white people in west virginia. >> whatever happens happens. >> bill: caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone. "the factor" begins right now. >> bill: hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching. violence in michigan. that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. last night i opined that hate speech is a vie lint act
correspondent christine romans joins us now from new york, and it's a serious allegation here. >> it really is and the group hsbc, the uk's largest bank wants to put this behind it, trying to settle the serious allegations, $1.92 billion will be what they will pay the u.s. government, there will be a press conference later today, the justice department, the manhattan d.a. and others to put this to rest. banks operating in the u.s. have an obligation to know their customer and abide by u.s. laws and u.s. sanctions against some pretty bad characters and hsbc apparently didn't do that. that's the allegation of the united states government, helping transfer money for drug cart cartels, for terrorist groups, for countries we're not supposed to be doing business with overall. these sanctions around libya, myanmar, syria and mexican cartels, this is what hsbc says, wants to put the whole matter behind this. "we accept responsibility for our past mistakes, we have said we're profoundly sorry for them. the hsbc of today is a fundamentally different organization from the one that made those mistakes.
this legislation! one final point, "new york times" reporting this morning the average wage in right to work states for average worker, $57,732. in states without right to work, in other words, in all of the rest of the states which allow unions to organize and don't allow people to free load, the average wage is $65,567. i mean -- there's no doubt about it. right to work states, lower wages, worse working conditions, higher poverty rate. >> how do people keep voting the politicians in? they give them -- worst quality of life. >> bill: because they lie. rick schneider lied. he said he didn't want this and he wouldn't sign it and he reversed on friday. larry is calling from york pennsylvania. what do you say, larry? >> caller: you stole my under thunder. you have this in wisconsin. you have a little bit in ohio. but thankfully they were smart enough to figure out what was going on. you know, they keep voting these clowns in and their playbook is the same. they know what the republicans are about. they know what they're
. >>> i'm don lemon with a look at your headlines. hillary clinton will spend new year's eve in a new york city hospital with a blood clot. doctors admitted the secretary of state sunday after a medical exam. the clot is believed to be related to the concussion she suffered earlier this month. when she fainted from the effects of a stomach virus. doctors want to keep her and a close eye on her for 48 hours. the other big story tonight is the action or inaction on capitol hill. if lawmakers do not reach a fiscal cliff agreement, you could see your taxes skyrocket and deep spending cuts kick in on entitlements and tax increases. the major sticking points or entitlements and tax increases. house republicans met into the evening and we'll find out in the morning whether joe biden and mitch mcconnell made any progress in their talks. both houses will be back in session tomorrow. those are your headlines this hour, i'm don lemon, keeping you informed. cnn, the most trusted name in news. >>> three, two, one. and liftoff -- >> may 2012, space-x launched a rocket into space, becoming the first comm
. that's the charge of this group. >> i'll read to you a line from maureen dowd's column in "the new york times" yesterday. she was talking about the future of the republican party. you guys are going to be taking a closemayans were right, as it turns out, when they predicted the world would end in 2012. the world of arrogant, uptight, entitled, bossy, retrogressive white guys. when it came to white guys, the republicans still do well. >> that's why i salute chairman wright's pribus for forming this. if you don't change with a country while maintaining your countries and your ideology but making those principles more believable, you're not doing your job. ronald regular be wasagan was a that. keep a conservative base and make it attractive to the middle. there's room to be a conservative party that has ideas thidea s ideas that sell not only with the conservative base but with a group much bigger because the ideas are good ones. we cannot just be a party of white people. when reagan was elected, 88% of the voters were white. today, it's 72%. you do the math. >> how do you go out and reass
to speak to in new york. she could go to europe and speak to yacht. she could people to the european parliament. >> bill: she'll make a lot of money giving speeches. >> she could and keep herself relevant until late -- by keeping herself out of the campaign rakes she keeps the target minimized. she's a very polarizing figure. lots of things for her critics to attack her on. the longer -- >> bill: real quick, do you expect a book from the woman? >> oh, yeah. absolutely. >> bill: okay. now, there is another woman in the c.i.a., and i want to spend a lot of time. about this woman who tracked down bin laden and then got into all kinds of trouble. do we know who this woman is? do you know her? >> yeah. we do believe we know who she is. we're not going to use her name on the program. but it's believed she was an analyst at c.i.a.'s afpac analysis unit, afghanistan and pakistan. she was an early believer that you could use -- you could track the courier system through al-qaeda in and around the cities, not the caves of pakistan, to get to bin laden. she was write about that. she was passed
will be announced this saturday in new york city. manzel is the favorite. >> the correct answer is johnny manzel will win the heisman trophy this year. that's all there is to it. >> bill: is he the freshman? >> he is going to win. >> bill: i'll take your word for it. i don't know any of them. i wouldn't know who to vote for. >> you don't get to vote. >> luckily, you don't get to vote. they will give it to the defensive player. collin klein had a very good year but nobody had a better season than johnny manzel. >> bill: i'll take your word for it. i'll tell you what, i have a vote on john boehner's baloney plan yesterday they threw out there on the table. i would love to get your take on it too at 1-866-55-press. my vote is no! my vote is laughing all the way. so, you know what was going on. so for the fiscal cliff negotiations so far it really is serious stuff because the last thing we can afford right now is another 2008 debacle where people lose their shirt because the federal government -- the politicians here membe
of these massive turn in your guns, no questions asked or even buy them back. they have done that in new york. 750 guns were turned in, in san francisco on monday. >> i believe buy back is the way to go. the way they did it in australian >> bill: what did they do in australian? >> after a mavin shooting in the 1990s where one individual killed 35 australian did, the australian government says we are not going to become another america and they prohibited all of these guns. and they bought them back. >> bill: bought them back. yeah. i think a buy-back program certainly should be part of this. at least the opportunity. right? for people to -- not to be considered criminals because they own guns because they are not. right? they own them legally but if they want to get rid of them yeah, and make it worth their while to get rid of them. >> caller: bill, if i may make one more point. >> bill: sure. >> caller: the gun that caused the massive killing in connecticut, which connecticut has one of the toughest gun laws in the country. listen, that gun was legally
in february 10th in los angeles. >>> you'd never know it's the holidays in new york city by the temperatures. it's been in the 60s here this week. i'm worried by daffodils are going to come up. where's winter? meteorologist alexandra steele is in for rob. >> today new york you will be in the 40s but you know, where's it been? in the last two weeks or so, we've had 1,600 record highs. of course with the warmth we've had a lack of early snow in the midwest and also in the northeast. of course they go hand in hand. take a look at this. it's been 276 days in chicago without measurable snow. measurables is a tenth of an inch or more. we could break the record in milwaukee. it's been 275 days without measurable snow. the record there only a few days from now. really no big snowstorms, not even an inch coming for some of these places but that will change. colder air is coming. i promise if you're looking for it. we've seen such cold air in alaska and in canada. that wilt drain farther south. the jet stream allows these temperatures to drop off and afford snow if the moisture moves in. 15 to 25 degr
attack on the u.s. con suit late in benghazi. the "new york times" are reporting libyan authorities are refusing to cooperate into the investigation into the assault that killed four americans including our ambassador there, chris stevens on september 11th. "the times" reporting local police and government officials are reluctant to arrest islamist extremists who are suspected to belong to powerful militias there. despite the fact that the fbi identified several suspects none has been arrested in the country and even some have fled benghazi. jenna: a big day for michigan, one of the most pro-labor states historically in this nation about to become a right-to-work state. the uns are not going down without a fight. they are staging massive protests. i'm jenna lee. rick: i'm rick folbaum in for jon scott. as massive amounts of demonstrators state troopers with tear gas and batons stand at the ready. governor rick snyder vowing to sign the right to work legislation as soon at it hits his desk. the measure means employees will decide for themselves whether they want to join and financial
, philadelphia, new york city, boston, the most congested corridor in the united states of america, that is the only 600 miles that we really own. we another small stretches around the commuter -- all the rest of amtrak service, over 20,000 miles of private freight rail. i see the main rail people in the audience and they have concerns too about using theirs and not having dedicated them and we need to address that issue as we move forward. final point is northeast quarter is where we should be putting the focus. give the administration credit for at least taking the money that has been turned back dedicating so that to the northeast quarter but we are doing it in a piecemeal, half baked fashion. the northeast corridor, every state, every major area can benefit by bringing high-speed rail to the northeast corridor. 70% of our air traffic delays emanate from the northeast corridor even when we have next-generation air traffic control, move planes faster and closer together with doubling of air-traffic, all of the other restrictions we have in that corridor, you must have high-speed
sides plan to meet in new york tomorrow. >> tonight the warriors play their final game of the year when they host the boston celtics. the warriors are now 20-10 with their win last night. this is the first time they have had 20 wins before new year's day since 1980. david lee finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds, their first game will be on wednesday against the hottest team in the nba, the clippers. >> should be a good one. the healthiest places for men to live. . >> morning showers are tapering off leaving us a dry, cool afternoon. i will have the numbers for you coming up. . >>> highway one is back open this morning after a rock slide closed the highway for almost a week. a emergency contractor was called into repair a 60-foot section of the highway. officials are urging drivers to use caution when traveling because of rough pavement and loose gravel. >> i'm thinking about taking a jog today. >> jog? >> i tonight do it often. more of a hiker, kind of a walker. if i go out, bring the jacket i guess. >> i like it to be a little warmer. >> yeah. you know some like it cool when
, a state like new york or california has a lot more poor people. and it also has a lot of rich people. it doesn't get the same break. i think you get 60% or over 60% reimbursement from the feds. you get 50%. you get -- i think it's you. get 60%. i can't remember everybody's numbers. i tried to educate myself. and in new york, we only get 50%. it makes a big difference. pam moynihan who always tried to change those formulas, ended up sake it's all james madison's fault. >> and we appreciate -- >> i think there are a couple of things that are terribly, terribly important and don't contradict anything that you all said. but we don't have a very good way of measuring the adequacy of our infrastructure. we know that the chinese spend eight times as high of percentage of their g.d.p. in infrastructure as we do in this country. and we know that that's got to make us less competitive. and i think i learned from the people at the chamber here that the cost of moving goods in the united states is greater in absolute dollars than it is in europe or in asia. and i don't know personally how you gr
reinforced the united states commitment to prevent the spread of aids and help end the pandemic. in new york. >> hundreds had to be evacuated after a train derailed on a new jersey bridge. the accident caused more than 12,000-gallons of chemicals to spill into a creek. 71 were treated for breathing problems and eye irritation. officials say the air is being monitored no longer poses a health risk. >> i have been told by the officials that are on scene with the railroad that there is still some product in that car that was breached that still needs to be removed. >> officials also say booms have been put in the creek to contain the chemicals. >> a controversial law that bans convicted sex offenders beaches and parks is being challenged by a panel of judges. they are asking the state court of appeals to review the measure after it overturned the conviction of a sex offender caught attending a party at a county park. the judged note that restrictions are up for the state legislature. >> the president facing mounting pressure to make a decision on whether to approve the keystone pipeline. s
know. >> yeah. if she doesn't like that move somewhere. new york state or something. yeah. california. it's easy. >> that's insane. >> i have a question. are those two anchors, are they pout part of a union a broadcasters' union? >> an interesting question. >> at fox news i doubt it. >> i don't know. >> i honestly don't know. let's let's say a quick hello to joey out in. joey, what have you got? >> good morning, bill. good morning, guys. i think this is good for us. >> bill: why? >> caller: the republican is childlike in the way they go about their business. they do everything in secret and, you know, what they did was they woke a sleeping giant. i really mean it. i don't think labor is going to stand for this and i guarantee it's going to turn around to bite them in the ass, bill >> bill: yessey i hope you are right. eric, it could very well. you know, we had a mixed record. we did in hoy. so it's not automatic if you take it to the people, you win. but it certainly, i think if you take it to the people with a good campaign and all of th
in the record a "new york times" op-ed by special counsel carolyn lerner. in her op-ed, special counsel lerner wrote, and i quote, "increasingly the act is being used and a political weapon to disqualify otherwise well qualified candidates even when there is no indication of wrongdoing." this bill will fix that. thank you, mr. speaker. the hatch act modernization act also creates a range of penalties for hatch act violations. currently, the only available penalty for violation of the hatch act, no matter how moderate the violation, is termination unless the merit systems protection board votes unanimously to impose a lesser penalty. under this legislation, the board will have the ability to impose a punishment that fits the crime. this legislation also ensures that the district of columbia employees are treated similarly to state and local government employees rather than as federal employees. the hatch act modernization act makes reforms that are much needed, that are bipartisan, noncontroversial and widely supported. i urge my colleagues to support the bill and send it to the president for a
. york center for kids coming up in just a bit. >> stepping away from the storm to bring you other news. a new chapter in the oscar grant case unfolding tomorrow. grant was killed by a bart police officer at the bart station in the early hours of new year's day 2009. at 9:00 tomorrow morning, to oakland civil rights attorneys will argue before that appeals court in san francisco that the bart police officers should not receive legal immunity against a civil suit. a federal judge last year ruled that the civil case should go to trial. >> the bay area feeling the impact of a strike at the ports of los angeles and long beach. at least one cargo ship destined for southern california diverted to oakland overnight. that's because they walked off the job to support clerical workers. more cargo ships are parked waiting to come in. some may be forced to come to deliver their goods. >> there may be a few ships that come to oakland. most of those are ones that normally make the call here anyway. >> contract talks with clerical workers are set to resume this morning, which is the fifth day of the s
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